Gregory Alan Isakov
|Gregory Alan Isakov|
|Born||1979 (age 34–35)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Gregory Alan Isakov is a singer-songwriter. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, he emigrated to the United States as a child, and was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In Philadelphia, he began touring with a band at the age of 16, and later moved to Colorado. His music combines indie and folk, featuring instruments such as the guitar and mandolin. Some of his most popular songs include "The Stable Song", "Big Black Car", and "Raising Cain".
Isakov has spent his entire life traveling, and as a result, his travels have impacted his songwriting; his songs tell stories of miles and landscapes and the search for a sense of place. Music has been a constant force in his life, as he says, "I've always had this sense about music and writing, that I sort of have to do it. Like I'll implode without it. I probably wouldn't do it if I felt any other way."
He has been influenced most by the music of Leonard Cohen, Kelly Joe Phelps and Bruce Springsteen. Gregory has played at many music festivals held across the United States, Canada and Europe. Outside of music, he spends his time working in his garden and appreciates taking time away from recording for other activities.
- Rust Colored Stones (2003)
- Songs for October (2005)
- That Sea, The Gambler (2007)
- This Empty Northern Hemisphere (2009)
- The Weatherman (2013)
- 2007: Best Singer/Songwriter 2007, Westword
- 2007: Winner, Telluride Troubador Competition
The song, "Big Black Car", from the 2009 album "This Empty Northern Hemisphere" was featured in a 2012 McDonald's commercial. Isakov donated the proceeds to non-profit organizations that help further sustainable farming and nurture community.
The song, "Second Chances", from the 2013 album "The Weatherman" plays towards the end of the sixth episode of the first season of the American drama television series "Forever (U.S. TV series)"
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